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Traditional Chinese ‘Mechanical Linkage’ Wooden Toys are now Classified as ‘Intangible Cultural Heritage’

Thursday, June 7th, 2012

Ecologically friendly wooden toys like whistles, horses, tiny furniture, jumping horses, spinning dancers, and flapping birds that operate on indigenous, age-old mechanical engineering techniques are both a fascinating experience and an eye-opener to the depth and breadth of Chinese traditional handicraft knowledge and practices. They symbolize the rich and varied cultural heritage of China. These toys are finely hand-crafted from soft wood and are highlighted with imaginary colorful paintings, representative of unique Chinese painting traditions.

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